New York quality of life is dropping - and the blame is on Mayor Bloomberg's smoking ban. The Post reports that cops, business owners, and weary residents are sick of the fights, mini-parties on the streets, and pedestrian harrassment that seem after effects of no more smoking the bars. Some of the complaints:
* Noise levels on the sidewalks have increased, keeping residents awake.
* Throngs of smokers outside bars have created inescapable secondhand smoke clouds for passers-by.
* Smoker-filled sidewalks are causing congestion and often force pedestrians into the streets.
* Smoke wafts up into open windows of apartments above bars and restaurants.
* Cigarettes litter the streets.
Gothamist has a soft spot in its heart for the Oak Bar - a pivotal early scene of North by Northwest takes place there.